By Heidi Sutton
Lovers of all things Greek will gather at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Port Jefferson this week when the Greek Church of the Assumption in Port Jefferson hosts its annual Greek Festival on Thursday, August 25 from 5 p.m. 10 p.m., Friday, August 23. August 26 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday August 27 from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday August 28 from noon to 10 p.m.
Held rain or shine, the fun event will include carnival rides, games, a variety of vendors, fireworks, church tours, live Greek music by Asteri Entertainment, dancing and of course culinary delights.
Authentic and appetizing dishes such as gyros, tiropita (cheese pie), moussaka, souvlaki and spanakopita (spinach pie) will be served, along with sweet desserts such as galaktoboureko, koulourakia, baklava and loukoumades, a favorite fried dough.
One of the main attractions of the festival is the exaggerated raffle organized by the church. This year, 170 prizes will be awarded, ranging from cars – a 2023 Mercedes Benz A-Class is the top prize – to a boat, Apple Watch, iPad, cash, smart TV and more. Tickets for the contest are $100 each and are limited to 3,999 tickets. The draw will take place on August 28 at 8 p.m.
The event is also an opportunity to see traditional Greek dance performances by the Blue Point Hellenic Dancers on Saturday and the Greek School Dancers on Sunday.
Fireworks will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Free shuttle buses will pick up attendees from Ward Melville High School, 380 Old Town Road, East Setauket to transport them to the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Parking is also available at BASF Corporation across from the church. Tickets are $2 per person; children under 12 can participate for free.
The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is located at 430 Sheep Pasture Road in Port Jefferson. For more information, call the church office at 631-473-0894 or visit www.portjeffgreekfest.com.